Conspiracy theories and Need for Cognitive Closure – our research discussed by PsyPost!

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A paper on the link between need for cognitive closure (NFCC) and endorsment of conspiracy theories, published in the ‘European Journal of Social Psychology’ and written by Marta Marchlewska (University of Warsaw), Aleksandra Cichocka (University of Kent, UK) and Małgorzata … Continued

A new article in “Psychologia Społeczna” (Social Psychological Bulletin)

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Using valid and reliable measures is a part of good scientific practice. Gabriela Czarnek, Piotr Dragon and Paulina Szwed from our Centre together with Bogdan Wojciszke (SWPS, Sopot) aimed to check psychometric properties of the Political Beliefs Questionnaire. They ran … Continued

A new paper in European Journal of Social Psychology!

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Conspiracy theories may be attractive to people who seek certainty when facing unclear situations – that was an assumption of research conducted by Marta Marchlewska (University of Warsaw) together with Aleksandra Cichocka (University of Kent, UK) and Małgorzata Kossowska from … Continued

Another paper in ‘Frontiers in Psychology’!

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Embodied cognition – a perspective joining cognitive with physical aspects of human functioning – gained lots of attention recentely. Katarzyna Cantarero and Michał Parzuchowski together with Karolina Dukała from our Centre tested whether hand-over-heart gesture diminishes other-oriented dishonesty, as previous … Continued

Arie Kruglanski, Marina Chernikova and Katarzyna Jasko on condition of social psychology for EJSP!

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Condition of social psychology is a matter that Arie Kruglanski and Marina Chernikova together with Katarzyna Jasko from our Centre investigate in the paper published by European Journal of Social Psychology. In-depth analysis let the authors reflect on both – … Continued

Another paper of our Centre in “Frontiers in Psychology”!

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Małgorzata Kossowska, Paulina Szwed, Aneta Czernatowicz-Kukuczka, Maciek Sekerdej and Miroslaw Wyczesany ran a psychophysiological study on threat relieving strategies in religious context. Groups that hold a certain worldview often react with prejudice toward groups of opposit views. Following this reasoning, … Continued

Ewa Szumowska and Małgorzata Kossowska in Personality and Individual Differences

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Ewa Szumowska and Małgorzata Kossowska published a paper titled Need for cognitive closure and attention allocation during multitasking: Evidence from eye-tracking studies in Personality and Individual Differences. In a series of two eye-tracking studies they found that high NFC participants in order to … Continued

Merry Christmas!

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To all our friends, collaborators, and people interested in social psychology: Merry Christmas and all the best for upcoming year 2017!      

Noble box 2016

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This year our team joined efforts to prepare a noble box: a Christmas gift for a family in need. Again, our leader was Ewa Szumowska! Ewa, thank you for your inspiration and efforts to make it happen.

‘Personality and Individual Differences’ with Sindhuja Sankaran and the team!

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A new paper in “Personality and Individual Differences”! Sindhuja Sankaran and colleagues published paper on the role of need for closure (NFC) and situational appraisals in creative performance. They showed that high NFC individuals would show reduced creativity due to … Continued

Ewa Szumowska and Małgorzata Kossowska in ‘Personality and Individual Differences’

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Ewa Szumowska and Małgorzata Kossowska wrote second paper on the relationship between motivation and multitasking performance. They again showed that higher level of the Need for​ Cognitive​ ​Closure​ (NFC)​ is not a ‘bad’ thing. In contrast, they demonstrated that high … Continued

‘Coping with Lack of Control in a Social World’ new book edited by Marcin Bukowski and collaborants

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We are happy to share that Marcin Bukowski from our Centre in cooperation with Immo Fritsche (University of Leipzig), Ana Guinote (University College London) and Mirosław Kofta (University of Warsaw) edited a book in the ‘Current Issues in Social Psychology’ … Continued

University awards for Małgorzata Kossowska and Marcin Bukowski

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We are very proud to share the information that two of our colleagues received important University awards during  ​the Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2016/17!   Prof. Małgorzata Kossowska ​received ‘Laur Jagielloński’ for outstanding scientific achievements and Marcin Bukows​ki was awarded with The Rector Award … Continued

Małgorzata Kossowska and team in ‘Motivation and Emotion’

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Not​ always higher level in Need for​ Cognitive​ ​Closure​ (NFC)​ ​is related to boost in prejudice or stereotyping. Małgorzata Kossowska, Marcin Bukowski​, and Piotr Dragon from our ​group together with Ana Guinote ​(University College London) ​and Arie Kruglanski​ (University of … Continued

Another paper of our lab group in ‘Personality and Individual Differences’!

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Another paper from our lab group: Małgorzata Kossowska, Paulina Szwed, Eligiusz Wronka, Gabriela Czarnek, and Mirosław Wyczesany is published in ‘Personality and Individual Differences’. In the article titled “Anxiolytic Functions of Fundamental Beliefs: Neurocognitive Evidence” researchers asked question whether people … Continued

Małgorzata Kossowska and team in ‘Personality and Individual Differences’

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Connection between stress and moral decision making was a subject of interest of our Centre’s team. According to previous research, stress promotes rather deontological than utilitarian decisions. Małgorzata Kossowska, Aneta Czernatowicz-Kukuczka, Ewa Szumowska, and Anna Czarna from our Centre took … Continued

Abstract submission deadline for the Small Group Meeting extended to March 15th!

Let us invite you once again for the Small Group Meeting on Cognitive Consistency which will take place May 20 – 22nd. There is still an opportunity to register as an active participant as the abstract submission deadline has been … Continued

Joanna Pyrkosz – Pacyna defence

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Last Thursday, member of our team, Joanna Pyrkosz – Pacyna, defended her PhD thesis on the personality and situational factors affecting success in entrepreneurship. Prof. Małgorzata Kossowska was Joanna’s advisor. The reviewers were dr hab. Anna Zalewska, prof. SWPS and dr hab. … Continued

“(Un)easy returns home?” – conference and interview by Joanna Grzymała – Moszczyńska

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Our colleague Joanna Grzymała – Moszczyńska together with prof. Halina Grzymała – Moszczyńska, Joanna Durlik and Paulina Szydłowska from the Institute of Psychology UJ gave an interview for Gazeta Wyborcza (Duży Format, December 10th). They discussed the situation of people (especially … Continued

Seminar on Control Motivation and (Social) Cognition

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About the Meeting Exerting control over the environment has been recognized within various domains of psychology (basic, personality, social, developmental etc.) as a fundamental type of motivation. The cognitive, emotional and motivational effects of control deprivation had been extensively studied … Continued

Lab group meetings in summer semester 2015

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The list of topics dissused during  past lab group meetings in summer semester 2015 is presented below. 14.07.2015 James Greville, Swansea University, presented his research on “Generalised and derived conditioned suppression in virtual reality environments” 23.06.2015 Ewa Szumowska presented her … Continued

Lab group meetings in winter semester 2013/14

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The list of topics dissused during  past lab group meetings in winter semester 2013/2014 is presented below. 07.01.2014 During the meeting Maria Hornowska-Stoch presented her research proposal on “Different aspects of uncertainty and couple reflections about fanaticism”. 17.12.2013 During the … Continued

Lab group meetings in summer semester 2013

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The list of topics dissused during  past lab group meetings in  summer semester 2013 is presented below. 11.06.2013 During the meeting we discussed results of Gabriela Czarnek research on neurocognitive correlates of Need for Cognitive Closure. 28.05.2013 During the meeting … Continued

10th Winter Seminar in Social Cognition Gliczarów 2013

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We organized our traditional 3-day winter seminar (8-10 February 2013) with social psychology researchers from other Polish universities. It was a successful event that facilitated future research collaborations by exchanging  and discussing compelling results and ideas. Integrating science with socializing is what social psychology is … Continued